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Buckle Up for Safety

Posted on Jul 22, 2014 , 0 comments

    As pet parents, we try to do the best for our furry children. We want them to be happy, healthy, and safe. However, it can be hard to do the right thing when it comes to car safety. Many people love having their furry children in the front seat next to them or on their lap while driving. However, even parents who put their furry children in harnesses may be at risk during an accident. In a 2013 study of safety harnesses, only 3 out of 20 harnesses that were tested provided adequate protection in a crash test. When driving in your car with your furry child, make the same kind of considerations that you would for any non-furry child. Like human children, our dogs must stay away from the front seat air bags. The safest place in the car for our furry children is in the back seat. If you own a hatchback vehicle or van, the cargo area is a safe place for crates. Never leave your dog in an enclosed trunk space. Additionally, your dog-child should be buckled-up or placed in a soft crate. Some harnesses and most soft crates will keep you and your dog safe in the event of a car accident. In a 2013 study sponsored by the Center for Pet Safety and Subaru, 7 major brands of safety harnesses were tested for durability during a crash. There were 3 different tests for each size of harness: small (25 lbs.), medium (45 lbs.), and large (75 lbs.). Toy size breeds and smaller dogs should be kept in a soft crate (wire crates are especially dangerous in the event of an accident). Each of the brands tested had claimed that they had undergone some kind of testing. However, 4 out of the 7 brands experience catastrophic failure during the crash test and only one brand performed well in every test. According to the Center for Pet Safety,
"The Sleepypod Click It Utility is the only harness that: prevented the launch of the dog off of the seat for all 3 harness sizes tested,substantially reduced rotation of the test dog during testing, and offers a 3 point connection (improving the overall functional behavior of the harness)."
Watch the video below to see the harness testing or click here to read the study.

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